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Monday 18 December 2017

Murphy worry over league's financial woes

Daryl Murphy fears that the financial troubles with some League of Ireland club's could halt the development of players.

Murphy's career was revived under Alan Reynolds at Waterford to help him earn moves to Sunderland and Celtic, but is worried that the recent problems here could cut a vital lifeline for players.

The 27-year-old is is concerned with the health of the national league. "Things are bad at the moment," he admitted. "I hope that the clubs manage to keep their heads above water because there are still a lot of good players in the league."

Murphy's more immediate challenge is to earn a place in Neil Lennon's starting XI. After scoring away to Motherwell and Kilmarnock, a thigh knock sidelined the former Sunderland striker and allowed Anthony Stokes, Gary Hooper and Georgios Samaras to impress Lennon.

All four strikers will be available for Sunday's trip to face Dundee United at Tannadice.

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